The Big Draw Awards 2015

On Monday the 18th of May 2015 The Big Draw hosted its 16th annual award to highlight and celebrate the significance of drawing in Britain, and around the world. Attendees to the awards, hosted in the august Painters’ Hall in the heart of the city, encompassed a broad cross section of people who were either practitioners of art, or facilitators ranging from: art teachers in primary schools, individual artists, museum curators, art patrons, gallerists and film directors of international acclaim. After registration, guests and patrons were encouraged into the main... Read The Rest →

Every Picture Tells a Story: why drawing is worth a thousand words

With ongoing concern amongst the media about extended tablet use in young children, and the debated potential for harm, it seems the need to discuss and debate cognitive development is greater than ever. Drawing has proved, since the time that man became self aware, to be one of the most powerful communicative, and conceptual development tools known to man. One need only to look at caveman drawings and paintings to have an immediate sense of recognition, an intuitive flash, of our need to depict our environment as a way of... Read The Rest →

From chimeras to crystallography: the curious treasures of The Royal Society

On Saturday the 25th of October 2014 The Royal Society politely opened the doors that lead into it’s Marble Gallery, and stood back to allow children, and their parents, to step upon the hallowed floors of one of the greatest institutions of science. Practitioners for the day, hosting either drawing workshops or talks, were: the illustrators James McKay and Beverley Young; paper engineer Andy Mansfield; fossil shell specialist Edine Pape; glass artist Shelly James; crystallographer Professor Brian Sutton, and historian Dr Sachiko Kusukawa. On first impression an institution like The... Read The Rest →

Art Participation Still Proves a Big Draw

On a very warm sunny day on the border between Hackney and Tower Hamlets, children and parents gathered in great numbers to take part in one of the increasingly popular Big Draw events held up and down the country, this event being held at The V&A Museum of Childhood on Cambridge Heath road. Some big names showed their support for the Big Draw, comprised of: Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt with Marion Deuchars, Okido, Culture Cart, Studio Hato, The Great Diary Project, Stitches in Time, Marf, and Josh Knowles. Between 11am and... Read The Rest →

A return to Italy

At last I go back. After almost two and  half years, I finally make my return to Italy to, hopefully, complete the rest of my research, and get my novel finished. Why do these things take so long? A question I’ve often heard addressed to writers, and as an aspiring writer myself I’ve always listened closely to authors answers. The best and most succinct I heard is that: ‘life just happens’. I agree, and over the past two and a half years there has been a great deal of adjustment... Read The Rest →

Why I envy the octopus

It’s been quite some time since I last wrote an update on my blog, and with good reason: I’ve been either too busy or too tired. Much has happened over the last year or so, bringing much change and developments. I started a full time job (not quite connected with the arts, but a financial comfort none the less) which in itself flies in the face of the artist’s instinctive temperament: knowing where the next pay check is coming from, but working a full week/month to get it is a... Read The Rest →

‘Bringing Up Baby’

Dear reader I now have a child! ‘How has this come about?’ I hear you gasp. Well this baby is in fact my new business. At last after much thinking, procrastinating (and a very long labour) Hogarth Brown Studios LTD was born. Now of course a new business is not a real baby, but I think the analogy is fitting. Either way a new business is quite a responsibility, one needs to think of how to nurture it, and I’m sure there may be a few sleepless nights. Do I... Read The Rest →

Self Portraits.

Hello to all who have enjoyed my blog, I thank you for all the nice comments. It’s been a while since my last blog entry, and again I chastise myself for leaving it so long: I will try to blog more I promise. I like to blog however when I feel I have something to say that is either of help or interest, so for those that have been particularly interested in my art activities, I have an update for you: I have submitted my first self portrait to the... Read The Rest →

Flying over the Abyss

Well, it really has been some time since my last blog entry. Why the long pause a reader may ask? The answer is that there has been a lot going on. A lot going on not in the sense of turmoil or drama, but a more quiet but significant change within my creative self. To put it simply; writing – as in the novel that I have recently begun – is a test of multifaceted difficulty. It’s a very hard process to describe. Earlier entries on my blog cover some... Read The Rest →

Exhibition at the Arbeit Gallery Old Street

Just a quick update to let readers know that I will be having an exhibition of two of my light boxes from my Trophallaxis series at The Arbeit Gallery in Old Street from 11th-16th of June. It’s an exhibition that is being put on by The New Wolf Online Magazine, which exhibited my work among others on their online gallery last year. They chose to select what was considered the best of the exhibits, and fortunately my work was part of the selection. The exhibition is called ‘Re: Thinking a... Read The Rest →

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